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Offbeat Ethiopia's army reports capture of Tigray's capital Mekele

15:45  29 november  2020
15:45  29 november  2020 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

Conflict in Ethiopia: the authorities multiply the accusations of complicity with the Tigrayan forces

 Conflict in Ethiopia: the authorities multiply the accusations of complicity with the Tigrayan forces © AP Ethiopian soldiers on the road leading to the border with Tigray. In Ethiopia, the authorities continue at all costs their operation against the TPLF, in power in Tigray (north). An operation which would have entered, according to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in its final phase. At the same time, the federal authorities are increasing the number of arrests. Many accuse the power of ethnic repression against the Tigrayans. Addis Ababa denies it. The Ethiopian police continue their raids.

Ethiopian troops are now in “full control” of Mekelle, the capital of the northern region of Tigray , the prime minister The capture of Mekelle would be seen as a personal triumph for the 44-year-old prime minister and would With communications to Tigray cut off, it is difficult to confirm information and conflicting claims. Later in the day, the movement of tanks was reported around Mekelle’ s airport.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Saturday that the army had entered the capital of the Tigray region in an offensive against the region' s dissident leaders, state television reported . Ethiopia ' s military "has started hitting with heavy weaponry and artillery the center of Mekele ," the

The Ethiopian army claims to have taken control of the capital of the breakaway region of Tigray. The military offensive in the region was thus concluded, wrote Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Saturday evening in the online service Twitter. However, several rockets fired from Tigray struck the Eritrean capital Asmara on Sunday night. It was suspected that the People's Liberation Front, TPLF, which had previously ruled Tigray, was behind these attacks.

Die Vereinten Nationen haben zu dringenden Spenden für die wegen des Tigray-Konfliktes in den Sudan geflüchteten Äthiopier aufgerufen. Um die zehntausenden Flüchtlinge zu versorgen, brauche der Sudan umgerechnet rund 125 Millionen Euro. © ASHRAF SHAZLY The United Nations have called for urgent donations for the Ethiopians who fled to Sudan because of the Tigray conflict. In order to take care of the tens of thousands of refugees, Sudan needs the equivalent of around 125 million euros.

According to the Tigray regional government, the Ethiopian army attacked the city center of the capital Mekele with "heavy weapons and artillery". Civilians and infrastructure were also targeted.

Sudan: Tigrayan refugees say they are victims of expropriation by militias

 Sudan: Tigrayan refugees say they are victims of expropriation by militias © AFP - ASHRAF SHAZLY Ethiopian refugees who fled the fighting in Tigray province wait in front of a health center in Hamdayet, Sudan, on November 22 2020. (Photo illustration) Fleeing the fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray province, thousands of refugees - 38,000 according to UNHCR - continue to flow into Sudan. In parallel with the offensive led by the troops of the regular army, they say they were victims of the Amharas, the ethnic group neighboring the Tigrayans.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Ethiopian military operation to capture the capital of the northwestern Tigray region, Mekele , held by forces loyal to the Tigray People' s Liberation Front is ongoing but the government forces are not bombarding the city

The Ethiopian army chief Berhanu Jula said his troops had brought Mekele "completely under control". It was impossible to independently verify this information until noon on Sunday. According to the government, the army occupied the airport, public institutions, the seat of the regional administration and other important facilities. The TPLF initially made no statement.

However, the US embassy in neighboring Eritrea reported that six explosions rocked the capital Asmara on Sunday night. Two diplomats in Addis Ababa told AFP news agency that military installations and Asmara airport had been attacked with rockets. The TFLP carried out a similar attack two weeks ago, accusing the Eritrean government of supporting the Ethiopian army. Eritrea rejected this. It was initially unclear whether the TFLP was behind the new attacks.

Ethiopia: the leaders of Tigray reject the ultimatum and refuse to surrender

 Ethiopia: the leaders of Tigray reject the ultimatum and refuse to surrender © Provided by Le Point The president of Tigray rejected on Monday the ultimatum launched the day before by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to the leaders of this dissident region from Ethiopia which gave them 72 hours to surrender.

The Ethiopian military has begun an offensive in Tigray ' s capital city of Mekelle, according to reports from the region. Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia ' s Tigray region stand on a hill above Umm Rakouba Tigray TV announced the shelling midday in Mekele , a city of a half-million people.

PM says operations in Tigray ‘completed’ after army ‘in full control’ of Mekelle; TPLF Abiy Ahmed announces end of military operations in Tigray region after army says it is in ‘full control’ A diplomat in direct contact with residents also said federal forces had begun an offensive to capture Mekelle.

Ethiopia's army chief Berhanu said his soldiers were now "hunting down members of the TPLF junta who are hiding". Prime Minister Abiy said the army had proceeded with its offensive with "precision and the necessary care" in order to avoid civilian casualties in the 500,000-inhabitant city.


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The regional government, however, stated that civilians were also the target of the attacks. The Tigray region called on "all who have a clear conscience, including the international community, to condemn the attacks and massacres with artillery and fighter planes," said a statement read on television. Several neighborhoods in Mekele have been "bombed by military planes". It is difficult to verify the statements of the conflicting parties because the region has been practically cut off from the world since the unrest began.

Abiy Ahmed urges the world not to interfere in Ethiopia's "internal affairs"

 Abiy Ahmed urges the world not to interfere in Ethiopia's © Provided by Le Point Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday asked the international community not to interfere in the conflict in Tigray, a few hours before the end of the ultimatum he gave to the leaders of this region to surrender or undergo a "merciless" attack on their capital.

The Ethiopian Army Chief of Staff, Berhanu Gula Febian, said in a statement posted on the army ’ s official Facebook page on Saturday evening that the Ethiopian federal forces had “completely taken control” of Mekele , the capital of Tigray region. The authorities said earlier in the day that

Tigray ' s leader says Ethiopia begins an offensive to capture the regional capital Mekelle. Abiy ordered the army offensive in the restive Tigray region early this month, in response to a deadly attack on an army base that killed at least 54 people from the ethnic Amhara group in the Oromia region.

Die äthiopische Armee hat nach eigenen Angaben die Hauptstadt der abtrünnigen Region Tigray unter ihre Kontrolle gebracht. Die Militäroffensive in der Region sei damit abgeschlossen, schrieb Äthiopiens Regierungschef Abiy Ahmed am Samstagabend im Onlinedienst Twitter. © EDUARDO SOTERAS The Ethiopian army claims to have taken control of the capital of the breakaway region of Tigray. The military offensive in the region was thus concluded, wrote Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Saturday evening in the online service Twitter.

There has been tension in Tigray for months. The TPLF ruling there dominated Ethiopian politics for three decades before the current Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy came to power in 2018. The TPLF does not recognize Abiy, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year. Abiy sent forces to Tigray earlier this month, which completely erupted the conflict with the TPLF.

According to estimates by the International Crisis Group (ICG), which specializes in conflicts, several thousand people have been killed in the fighting in Ethiopia so far. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 43,000 people fled the conflict area to neighboring Sudan.

According to UN Refugee Commissioner Filippo Grandi, Sudan needs the equivalent of around 125 million euros to take care of the refugees. This money is needed to support the refugees from the neighboring country for at least six months. During a visit to the Um Rakuba refugee camp, which is around 80 kilometers from the border, Grandi called on the international community to make donations in order to be able to give the people water, shelter and medical care.

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Ethiopia: Abiy claims to know the whereabouts of the fleeing Tigray leaders .
© Aude GENET Map locating the Tigray region in Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea The dissident leaders of Tigray, on the run, are tracked and are in the crosshairs of the Ethiopian federal army, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Monday, less than 48 hours after his proclaimed military victory in this northern region of the country. Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2019, Mr.

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